Bouteflika at bay: Why protesters are taking on Algeria’s ruling system

Bouteflika at bay: Why protesters are taking on Algeria’s ruling system

FILE PHOTO: Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks at journalists after casting his ballot during the parliamentary election in Algiers, Algeria, May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo March 21, 2019 By Lamine Chikhi and Aidan Lewis ALGIERS/CAIRO (Reuters) – Protests that brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets in Algeria over the past month led President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to scrap plans to run for a fifth term. He postponed an election originally set for April and…

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Oslo to become first city to charge electric taxis over the air

Oslo to become first city to charge electric taxis over the air

FILE PHOTO: Buildings are seen in the financial district in Oslo, Norway May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo March 21, 2019 By Tarmo Virki HELSINKI (Reuters) – Norway’s capital Oslo will become the first city in the world to install wireless charging systems for electric taxis, hoping to make recharging quick and efficient enough to speed the takeup of non-polluting cabs. The project will use induction technology, with charging plates installed in the road at…

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EU summit readies for Brexit in May – or next week

EU summit readies for Brexit in May – or next week

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville March 21, 2019 By Anthony Deutsch and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders will tell Theresa May on Thursday she can have two months to organize an orderly Brexit but Britain could face a hugely disruptive ejection from the bloc next Friday if the prime minister fails to win backing from parliament. The pound…

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Burundi authorities detain schoolgirls accused of scribbling over president’s picture

Burundi authorities detain schoolgirls accused of scribbling over president’s picture

FILE PHOTO: Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza walks during a ceremony in tribute to the former late President Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza at the national congress palace in Bujumbura, Burundi May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana/File Photo March 21, 2019 NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundian authorities have charged three schoolgirls accused of defacing a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza, spokeswoman for the country’s Supreme Court, Agnès Bangiricenge, said on Thursday. The three girls were among seven school children arrested…

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Roche sues U.S. executives in fight over diabetes test strips

Roche sues U.S. executives in fight over diabetes test strips

FILE PHOTO: Roche tablets are seen in front of a Roche logo in this photo illustration shot January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo March 21, 2019 By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) – Roche is seeking damages and compensation in a U.S. lawsuit against former executives of a Utah-based company, the Swiss drugmaker’s latest case targeting what it calls fraudulent schemes involving its diabetes test strips. Roche has filed several lawsuits in U.S. federal court in…

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Merkel lends support to Tusk’s offer of short Brexit delay

Merkel lends support to Tusk’s offer of short Brexit delay

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the lower house of parliament (Bundestag), ahead of a Brussels summit for Brexit delay discussions, in Berlin, Germany March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke March 21, 2019 BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed readiness on Thursday to back a short extension to Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, suggesting that the June 30 date requested by Prime Minister Theresa May was problematic. May has asked European Council…

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Tencent posts worst ever profit drop on gaming freeze, one-off charges

Tencent posts worst ever profit drop on gaming freeze, one-off charges

Logos of Tencent are displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong, China March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu March 21, 2019 By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings, Asia’s second-most valuable listed firm, reported on Thursday a sharper-than-expected 32 percent fall in fourth-quarter profit, the most on record for a quarter, as a regulatory review by China weighed on its gaming business. The lower-than-expected profit was also attributable to one-off charges of 2.1…

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Exclusive: Ethiopian crash captain untrained on 737 MAX simulator

Exclusive: Ethiopian crash captain untrained on 737 MAX simulator

FILE PHOTO: Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo March 21, 2019 By Maggie Fick and Jason Neely ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight was unable to practice on a new simulator for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 before he died in a…

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Deutsche Bank CEO sees strong case for merger with Commerzbank: source

Deutsche Bank CEO sees strong case for merger with Commerzbank: source

FILE PHOTO: Christian Sewing, CEO of Deutsche Bank AG, addresses the media during the bank’s annual news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo March 21, 2019 By Tom Sims and Andreas Framke FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Christian Sewing, the chief executive of Deutsche Bank, believes there is a strong case for a merger with rival Commerzbank, according to a person with direct knowledge of his thinking. Sewing’s stance sets the stage for…

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Mozambique death toll at 217 after cyclone: government minister

Mozambique death toll at 217 after cyclone: government minister

The aftermath of the Cyclone Idai is pictured in Beira, Mozambique, March 16, 2019. Josh Estey/Care International via REUTERS March 21, 2019 BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) – The death toll after a powerful cyclone in Mozambique stood at 217 and around 15,000 people still needed to be rescued, the Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia said on Thursday. Correia said 3,000 people had already been rescued. Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira…

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